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 'My son lived a worthwhile life' 'In April 2003, buy discount purinethol 21-year old British peace activist Tom Hurndall was shot in the head in Gaza by an Israeli soldier as he tried to save the lives of three small children. Buy discount purinethol Nine months later, buy discount purinethol he died, buy discount purinethol having never recovered consciousness. Emine Saner talks to his mother Jocelyn about her grief, buy discount purinethol her fight to make the Israeli army accountable for his death and the book she has written in his memory. 'In April 2003, buy discount purinethol 21-year old British peace activist Tom Hurndall was shot in the head in Gaza by an Israeli soldier as he tried to save the lives of three small children. Buy discount purinethol Nine months later, buy discount purinethol he died, buy discount purinethol having never recovered consciousness. Buy discount purinethol Emine Saner talks to his mother Jocelyn about her grief, buy discount purinethol her fight to make the Israeli army accountable for his death and the book she has written in his memory. It is one of the poignancies of Tom Hurndall's short life that he had gone to Gaza in search of a story, buy discount purinethol and ended up becoming it. Buy discount purinethol A 21-year-old photography student at Manchester Metropolitan University, buy discount purinethol he went to Baghdad in February 2003 to photograph human shields, buy discount purinethol activists who were trying to protect ordinary Iraqis from the threat of Anglo-American attack. Buy discount purinethol While he was there he heard about Rachel Corrie, buy discount purinethol a 23-year-old American peace activist with the International Solidarity Movement (ISM), buy discount purinethol who had been protecting a Palestinian's family's house in Rafah, buy discount purinethol in the southern Gaza strip, buy discount purinethol when an Israeli bulldozer crushed her to death. Buy discount purinethol Tom went to Gaza to find out what had happened. All that is clear from the book his mother, buy discount purinethol Jocelyn, buy discount purinethol has written about Tom's life, buy discount purinethol and about his family's battle to bring the Israeli army to account for killing him. Buy discount purinethol It's not a political book, buy discount purinethol she stresses, buy discount purinethol though the anger, buy discount purinethol frustration and disappointment she feels towards the army, buy discount purinethol and the Israeli and British governments, buy discount purinethol is obvious. Tom was in Rafah, buy discount purinethol in the Israeli-occupied Gaza strip, buy discount purinethol on April 11, buy discount purinethol at an ISM demonstration. Buy discount purinethol Suddenly low shots were fired from an Israeli army watchtower in the direction of children playing on a mound of rubble. Buy discount purinethol Most of them ran - but three froze. Buy discount purinethol Tom, buy discount purinethol wearing a bright orange ISM jacket, buy discount purinethol ran to help them. Buy discount purinethol He scooped up a boy and carried him to safety. Buy discount purinethol He ran back for the two girls, buy discount purinethol bent down to put his arm round one of them and was shot in the head. Jocelyn was at work, buy discount purinethol at a school in London where she was head of learning support, buy discount purinethol when she got a call from her daughter Sophie saying that Tom had been shot. Buy discount purinethol It was the last day of the spring term. Buy discount purinethol She calmly finished photocopying a report she had been working on and distributed it into pigeonholes, buy discount purinethol before setting off for home. Buy discount purinethol It was as if she was trying to put off discovering the full horror of the story. Buy discount purinethol "I think you do anything to delay the moment of impact, buy discount purinethol" she says in the bright sitting room of her north London home. After nearly two months by his hospital bedside in Israel, buy discount purinethol the family - Hurndall, buy discount purinethol her former husband, buy discount purinethol Anthony, buy discount purinethol and their children Sophie, buy discount purinethol Billy and Fred - were allowed to bring Tom back to the UK. Buy discount purinethol The brain injury had left him in a coma; his main organs working, buy discount purinethol but nothing else. Buy discount purinethol Did she accept that Tom would die from the start? "I think I knew, buy discount purinethol" she says. Buy discount purinethol "The pressure in Tom's head had damaged other parts of his brain. Buy discount purinethol I knew he would never recover." Tom eventually died nine months later on January 13 2004 - Jocelyn's birthday - in hospital in London. Buy discount purinethol Was it a relief, buy discount purinethol in a way? "It was, buy discount purinethol because he wasn't in pain any more, buy discount purinethol" says Hurndall. Buy discount purinethol "But it was also impossible when he died." She is silent for a long time. Buy discount purinethol "I still haven't accepted it." Hurndall is softly spoken with gentle, buy discount purinethol pale blue eyes. Buy discount purinethol She seems fragile but with an intense strength. Buy discount purinethol She's a battler but seems surprised by it. Buy discount purinethol She tells of the time she met Tony Blair at a dinner. Buy discount purinethol "I remember saying to him, buy discount purinethol 'You've hurt me'. Buy discount purinethol I couldn't imagine saying that to anybody five years ago." She laughs at this. Buy discount purinethol "This middle-class mother coming out with these strident things." Tom's death has changed her. Buy discount purinethol "You develop this language when there's this anger. 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